Long Time No Post

I have been so bad about posting, and keeping up with the things that I need to get done. I am behind on all of my book reviews (BUT I have been trying to keep up with my readings) so I need to get back on that. I am also in the process of moving yet again so that makes things even slower. I do apologize but here is a list of things I plan on accomplishing very soon.

 

Books To Review:

  1. Shadows of Atlantis Awakening written by Mara Powers
  2. Rain Saga written by Riley Barton
  3. Flickers written by Arthur Slade
  4. Red Death written by Jeff Altabef

Writing Projects:

  • I am currently trying to finish my Nanowrimo novel, I’m about 30,000 words into a 50,000 word project. Once my rough draft is complete I will be able to have it reviewed for editing purposes and then work on getting it published. I am looking into self-publishing so I will keep everyone updated about that.

Business Project:

  • One perk of moving is that we will have a lot more space. This means I am going to have the ability to expand and really work on my craft business. I am looking at eventually getting both angora goats and rabbits. I am extremely excited to learn to card, spin, and dye my own wool. This will be a major perk for me since I have an allergy to sheep wool which limits the materials I am able to use.
  • I will also be able to build up a stock of items to start participating in actual craft fairs and festivals. My goal is to have a nice stock of “geek” inspired items to be able to participate in our local Comicon.

 

Thank you to all of you who have followed me in the past and who continue to do so despite my horrible abilities at keeping up with life. And if you are just joining me, next year is being more scheduled so I will not fall so behind on posting.

Technology Tuesday (a day late)

I meant to post this last night but we all know how life can get in the way. But for this post I want to talk about inventions. So what do you think is the greatest invention of all time, past or present?

Recently I was watching a show where people compete to get their inventions produced for the masses, Shark Tank. One of the invention really stood out to me. Two undergraduate students from the University of Washington came up with a new way to communicate. It is called SignAloud, gloves that can translate American Sign Language (ASL) to speech or text.

It might not sound like much especially in a world of instant communication, but this invention will unlock so many doors for people who are unable to speak for whatever reason. For example, I spent several years in customer service and to this day I can still remember one customer who struggled to communicate. Not because he didn’t try, but rather because very few of us actual know ASL.

Every week he would come in and order the same meal, this made things easier for him and us if he had a cashier like myself that was there enough to remember what he wanted. There were occasions, however, when we would have to use a new cashier who was unfamiliar with our friend. He did carry a small notebook so that he could communicate with those of us who didn’t know how to sign, but that poses is own set of problems.

To have access to something like SignAloud, which would translate what he was signing into spoken words or even text on a computer screen, would give a new ease of communication. There would be less struggle trying to decipher the handwriting of another person, and give them a sense of freedom. As humans we all want our voices to be heard, and these students have found a way to give a voice to people who might have felt voiceless.

What do you think is the greatest invention of all time? Or do you think it has yet to be thought of? Is there something you want to see that might make life easier in some way, or make the world a better place for future generations? Let me know, I love to hear from others. And as always, have a beautiful night.

Fantasy Friday: 3 Countries I Dream of Visiting (part 1)

Welcome back! I’ve been awful about posting, but I made myself a goal – I will blog more!! Actually I’m trying to figure out how to use blogging with my daughter’s school work, but that is another kettle of fish. So to start off on the right foot I want to talk about #fantasyfriday. These posts will be dreams I have, travel, adventure, or just a nap.

For my first Fantasy Friday I want to tell you a little about my travel dreams. The one place I have always wanted to visit is Scotland. Can you imagine it? Close your eyes, go on, picture it. So I did what any would be traveler does, I researched (which is about the limits of my budget right now). Doing my research I discovered a little jewel known as the Fairy Pools. Yes you heard me correctly – Fairy Pools!

According to http://www.isleofskye.com, the Fairy Pools are located at the foot of the Black Cullins near Glenbrittle. They are described as beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. I have included some pictures (credit goes to Isle of Skye) and it looks extremely magical.

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The hike to the pools is said to take 2.4km (about 1.5 miles) and should take about 40 minutes. Now I’m not big on exercise but judging from the pictures it would be worth it to make the trek.

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This spot has definitely made my bucket list and I hope one day to be able to enjoy it and the other hidden wonders of Scotland.

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So tell me, have you made the trip to visit this magical spot? Do you have a place you just dream about visiting? Drop me a comment, I would love to hear from you and maybe discover a new hidden gem. Until next time, safe travels.

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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana deRosnay

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Almost every adult knows about the horrors of the Holocaust. We have all heard tales of Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, and elsewhere. We remember the horrors that millions of Jews suffered at the hands of German soldiers know as Nazis. But how many of us know about the camps in other countries? Sarah’s Key touches on the way the French police treated their own citizens simply for being Jewish.

Before reading Sarah’s Key for my book club this month, I was completely unaware of the Vel d’Hiv roundup. I knew about the way Jews were rounded up in Germany, I even knew about the way Americans locked their Japanese citizens in camps but to see the story of a 10 year old girl being arrested by police that she knew and even trusted was on a completely different level. Sarah was not captured byt german soldiers, her entire family was arrested by their own countrymen.

Sarah’s Key is told from two separate points of view, we learn about France during World War II from Sarah, and then we learn about the opinions of modern day France from Julia, an American journalist writing about one of the blackest days in France’s history. Normally this is not a style of writing that I enjoy (For an example look at my post about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society from last month), however, I feel that Ms. deRosnay handled this very well. I was completely drawn into the characters.

While the book did not focus solely on the Holocaust it did bring to light an aspect that might not be commonly known. I would recommend this book to someone but I will warn you, it isn’t a light read and it will tug on your heart strings.

 

Friday Check In

So Monday I decided to make a check list so that I could make myself more organized. This is my list:

  1. Finish Doctor Who CAL Square #7
  2. Finish Mandala Madness CAL Week 11
  3. Finish 20 Ice Cream Bookmarks
  4. Write up a business plan for my Etsy/Facebook store
  5. Wednesday Travel Post
  6. Make some business related tweets on Twitter
  7. Work on Seven Deadly Sins Poems
  8. Write up math work for my child
  9. Finish reading Sea of Shadows
  10. Write up a book review for Sea of Shadows

Not a terrible list right? Well I think that I have done ok (there is still the weekend). So far I have finished #1,5,6, and 9. So 4/10 isn’t the best but it is better than nothing. I did work on the bookmarks, I have 4 finished and parts for another 5 ready to be sewn together so I should be able to finish those tonight. Also I did the hard part and finished reading Sea of Shadows so now I can write up the review and have it ready to be posted on Monday. The sheer size of my mandala blanket is what is keeping me from it, already it fits on my queen size bed and when you don’t have the best ac it’s hard to want to have something that heavy sitting on your lap.

So even though I didn’t quite get everything done so far this week, I will be able to have most of it done before Monday. I think making lists might be the way to help me get myself back on track to getting more organized. So how do you work on organizing your life? Any tips for me and my readers? Don’t forget that I would love to hear from you, and have a great weekend.

WIP Wednesday #1

Ok here is my #WIP Wednesday (work in progress). As some of you know I am a crafty lady, and I enjoy spending my time making things from other things. Here are my latest works in progress. I am currently on square 7 of 9 of a Doctor Who blanket from Two Hearts Crochet and I am also working on some small items to try to do a craft event in September. Right now that small item is Ice Cream Cone Bookmarks. Enjoy!

 

Wednesday Wanderings #1

So I am sure most of you in social media land have heard of hashtags, like Wednesday has been popular for #WCW or Woman Crush Wednesday. I want to start a new one, #WednesdayWanderings. I’m going to try to post pictures on Wednesday of places that I have been to within the previous week. (I’ll also be posting my #WIP or works in progress).

This week I want to talk about a place I found this past Sunday while driving around. We went up to Altus, Arkansas which is pretty much our version of wine country. They have so many wineries and grape fields. BUT nestled off to the side is a beautiful little Catholic Church. It is St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

For more info about the church itself check out http://www.stmarysaltus.org. I was not able to go into the church (hey I’m not one to interrupt a mass), but I did take in the beautiful scenery outside the church. They have this amazing view of the River Valley and some really beautiful statuary placed in these little nature spots.

A little info from http://www.arkansas.com (under their attractions tab):

St. Mary’s Catholic Church: 1902 Roman Basilica-style church known for its paintings and ornate goldleaf work. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Who doesn’t love seeing these historic buildings? But enough of that how about some pictures?